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2009 ACC Team-By-Team Schedule Breakdown
Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor
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CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 12, 2009


What league did the best job overall in out-of-conference games? It could be argued it was the ACC, and now, with loaded teams across the board, this season should be even better. Which teams have the easiest and the hardest slates? Check out the breakdowns and analysis of each ACC team's 2009 schedule.

2009 ACC Team Schedule 

- 2009 ACC Composite Schedule & Top Games

Atlantic Boston Coll | ClemsonFlorida St | Maryland | NC State | Wake Forest
Coastal Duke | Georgia Tech | Miami | North Carolina | Virginia | Virginia Tech

Toughest schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when.

Atlantic
1. Florida State
2. Maryland
3. Clemson
4. Boston College
5. Wake Forest
6. NC State

Coastal
1. Miami
2. Virginia Tech
3. Georgia Tech
4. North Carolina
5. Virginia
6. Duke

Atlantic Division

Boston College Eagles

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: Northeastern, Kent State, at Notre Dame, Central Michigan
Games Against the Atlantic: at Virginia Tech, at Virginia, North Carolina
Summary: The Eagles have the one nasty non-conference game against Notre Dame, but it takes it easy the rest of the way, and that includes Central Michigan, to all but guarantee three wins. Getting Virginia Tech on the road and North Carolina from the Atlantic is a lousy break, and facing Clemson in the ACC opener in Death Valley will be a make-or-break moment for the Atlantic season. There aren't two road games in a row and there's a nice break in the first week of November coming off the day against Central Michigan. That'll mean BC will go almost a month without playing a conference game in the middle of the season.

Sept. 5 Northeastern
Sept. 12 Kent State
Sept. 19 at Clemson
Sept. 26 Wake Forest
Oct. 3 Florida State
Oct. 10 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 17 NC State
Oct. 24 at Notre Dame
Oct. 31 Central Michigan
Nov. 7 OPEN DATE
Nov. 14 at Virginia
Nov. 21 North Carolina
Nov. 28 at Maryland


Clemson Tigers

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: Middle Tennessee, Central Michigan, Coastal Carolina, at South Carolina
Games Against the Atlantic: at Georgia Tech, at Miami, Virginia
Summary: There are some landmines, but it's a manageable slate. The key will be for the Tigers to maintain their focus in the middle of the season, (not the program's strong suit) against teams like Wake Forest and Maryland. The non-conference schedule is a joke before dealing with the rivalry date with South Carolina to end the regular season. The ACC season starts out nasty with a road trip to face Georgia Tech from the Atlantic before the key game against two-time defending Atlantic champion Boston College. The next conference game is at Maryland, meaning the first moment to take a mini-breath in the ACC comes against Wake Forest at home. Going to Miami isn't good, but it's offset by a relatively easy game against Virginia in between two late road games.

Sept. 5 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 10 at Georgia Tech
Sept. 19 Boston College
Sept. 26 Central Michigan
Oct. 3 at Maryland
Oct. 10 OPEN DATE
Oct. 17 Wake Forest
Oct. 24 at Miami
Oct. 31 Coastal Carolina
Nov. 7 Florida State
Nov. 14 at NC State
Nov. 21 Virginia
Nov. 28 at South Carolina


Florida State Seminoles

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: Jacksonville State, at BYU, South Florida, at Florida
Games Against the Atlantic: Miami, Georgia Tech, at North Carolina,
Summary: The Seminoles get a layup against Jacksonville State, but that's more than forgivable considering the non-conference road trips to BYU and Florida. Oh yeah, and if they weren't enough, there's a little matter of a battle against a South Florida program looking to make a bigger splash in the Sunshine State pecking order. It doesn't get tougher than Miami, Georgia Tech, and at North Carolina in the Coastal portion of the schedule, but there's a week off between the showdowns against the Yellow Jackets and the Tar Heels. That October 17th open date will be vital with four road games in the final six weeks with trips to Chapel Hill, Clemson, and Gainesville in the mix. If that wasn't enough, FSU has to go to Boston College. At least the opening day game against Miami is in Tallahassee.

Sept. 7 Miami
Sept. 12 Jacksonville State
Sept. 19 at BYU
Sept. 26 South Florida
Oct. 3 at Boston College
Oct. 10 Georgia Tech
Oct. 17 OPEN DATE 
Oct. 22 at North Carolina
Oct. 31 NC State
Nov. 7 at Clemson
Nov. 14 at Wake Forest
Nov. 21 Maryland
Nov. 28 at Florida


Maryland Terrapins

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 7-5

Non-Conference Schedule: at California, James Madison, Middle Tennessee, Rutgers
Games Against the Atlantic: Virginia, at Duke, Virginia Tech
Summary: The Terps will have to fight the payback effect in the season opener as they travel to face a Cal team that was upset in College Park last year. The Middle Tennessee game would seem to be a layup, but the Blue Raiders pulled off the upset in last year's matchup. The non-conference schedule is finished up by the end of September with a good test against Rutgers, and then it's statement time with a home game against Clemson to kick off the ACC season with a bang. Getting Virginia and Duke from the Atlantic is a break, as is getting Boston College, Virginia Tech, and Clemson at home. Even so, the finishing kick is a bear with at NC State, Virginia Tech, at Florida State and Boston College coming after the bye week.

Sept. 5 at California
Sept. 12 James Madison
Sept. 19 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 26 Rutgers
Oct. 3 Clemson
Oct. 10 at Wake Forest
Oct. 17 Virginia
Oct. 24 at Duke
Oct. 31 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 7 at NC State
Nov. 14 Virginia Tech
Nov. 21 at Florida State
Nov. 28 Boston College


NC State Wolfpack

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 7-5

Non-Conference Schedule: South Carolina, Murray State, Gardner-Webb, Pitt
Games Against the Atlantic: Duke, at Virginia Tech, North Carolina
Summary: September gets the non-conference season out of the way, and while the season opener against South Carolina will be tough, and Pitt won't be a layup, there are scrimmages against Murray State and Gardner-Webb to tune up. There's a trip to Wake Forest for the ACC opener, but that's the only road game in the first six weeks and it's one of just four away dates overall. On the downside, the three other road games are at Boston College, Florida State, and Virginia Tech. Playing Virginia Tech and North Carolina from the Coastal will be rough, but getting Duke at home makes up for it.

Sept. 3 South Carolina
Sept. 12 Murray State
Sept. 19 Gardner-Webb
Sept. 26 Pitt
Oct. 3 at Wake Forest
Oct. 10 Duke
Oct. 17 at Boston College
Oct. 24 OPEN DATE
Oct. 31 at Florida State
Nov. 7 Maryland
Nov. 14 Clemson
Nov. 21 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 28 North Carolina


Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 7-5

Non-Conference Schedule: Baylor, Stanford, Elon, at Navy
Games Against the Coastal: Miami, at Georgia Tech, at Duke
Summary: Wake Forest appears to be addicted to playing against smart schools with Baylor, Stanford, and Navy in non-conference play, to go along with a tune-up against Elon. The key to the season will be holding up with the week off not coming until November 21st. Along the way, there's a nasty run of three road trips in four weeks going to Clemson, Navy, and Georgia Tech, with the home game not exactly a breather against Miami. If that wasn't a tough enough stretch, it's followed up by a game against Florida State before finally getting the week off. The time off comes before the regular-season finale at Duke.

Sept. 5 Baylor
Sept. 12 Stanford
Sept. 19 Elon
Sept. 26 at Boston College
Oct. 3 NC State
Oct. 10 Maryland
Oct. 17 at Clemson
Oct. 24 at Navy
Oct. 31 Miami
Nov. 7 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 14 Florida State
Nov. 21 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 at Duke


Coastal Division

Duke Blue Devils

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 6-6
Barring total disaster worst case record: 3-9
Realistic record: 4-8

Non-Conference Schedule: Richmond, at Army, at Kansas, NC Central
Games Against the Atlantic: Maryland, at NC State, Wake Forest
Summary: Duke, being Duke, needs as easy a non-conference schedule as possible, and while there's a trip to Kansas, facing Richmond, Army, and North Carolina Central will provide a decent base of wins. Facing Maryland, NC State, and Wake Forest from the Atlantic is a big break, but the road games in the Coastal are hardly a breeze going to North Carolina and Miami along with a date at Virginia. The key to getting to a bowl game will be being able to steal a home game or two against a favorite like Maryland, Georgia Tech or Wake Forest, because the second half of the season has a tough run of three road games in four weeks.

Sept. 5 Richmond
Sept. 12 at Army
Sept. 19 at Kansas
Sept. 26 NC Central
Oct. 3 Virginia Tech
Oct. 10 at NC State
Oct. 17 OPEN DATE
Oct. 24 Maryland
Oct. 31 at Virginia
Nov. 7 at North Carolina
Nov. 14 Georgia Tech
Nov. 21 at Miami
Nov. 28 Wake Forest


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: Jacksonville State, at Mississippi State, at Vanderbilt, Georgia
Games Against the Atlantic: Clemson, at Florida State, Wake Forest
Summary: The Yellow Jackets will be looking to make a run in the SEC race facing Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Georgia, and on the plus side, the one home game of the three is against the Bulldogs (the good ones). The team will know where it stands early on with the ACC opener against Clemson followed up by a trip to Miami and a huge home game against North Carolina. Survive that stretch at 2-1, at worst, and the ACC title will be in play. Virginia Tech has to come to Atlanta, but that's the home oasis in a five week stretch with road trips to Mississippi State, Florida State, Virginia and Vanderbilt sandwiched around it. The week off comes too late in the season to do much good, but it also comes at the end of the easiest portion of the slate, at least competition-wise. The team will be road weary at that point having played five road games in seven weeks.

Sept. 5 Jacksonville St
Sept. 10 Clemson
Sept. 17 at Miami
Sept. 26 North Carolina
Oct. 3 at Miss State
Oct. 10 at Florida St
Oct. 17 Virginia Tech
Oct. 24 at Virginia
Oct. 31 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 7 Wake Forest
Nov. 14 at Duke
Nov. 21 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 Georgia


Miami Hurricanes

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: Oklahoma, Florida A&M, at UCF, at South Florida
Games Against the Atlantic: at Florida State, Clemson, at Wake Forest
Summary: The Canes are hardly being eased into the season starting out at Florida State, getting a week off, and then dealing with a key Coastal game against Georgia Tech and the make-or-break date at Virginia Tech. The reward for the rough start? A visit from Oklahoma. While things ease up in the midsection of the year, at least compared to the start, there's still a visit from Clemson to deal with. Closing out with two road trips in the final three weeks, going to North Carolina and South Florida, will be a test of the team's heart and physical ability. The open date is on September 12th, meaning the Canes will have to play 11 straight weeks with two nasty games late in the year.

Sept. 7 at Florida State
Sept. 12 OPEN DATE
Sept. 17 Georgia Tech
Sept. 26 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 3 Oklahoma
Oct. 10 Florida A&M
Oct. 17 at UCF
Oct. 24 Clemson
Oct. 31 at Wake Forest
Nov. 7 Virginia
Nov. 14 at North Carolina
Nov. 21 Duke
Nov. 28 at South Florida


North Carolina Tar Heels

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 9-3

Non-Conference Schedule: The Citadel, at Connecticut, East Carolina, Georgia Southern
Games Against the Atlantic: Florida State, at Boston College, at NC State
Summary: Yeah, East Carolina is the defending Conference USA champion, but that's not exactly a killer non-conference game for a North Carolina team that might be good enough to win the ACC title. Going to Connecticut will be a nice early test, while games against The Citadel and Georgia Southern will serve as scrimmages. The two key games on the schedule against Florida State and at Virginia Tech come off the bye week, and both games will be nationally televised on Thursday nights. The finishing kick ends with a bang with Florida State, the showdown at Virginia Tech, the rivalry game against Duke, Miami, and two road games against Boston College and at NC State.

Sept. 5 The Citadel
Sept. 12 at Connecticut
Sept. 19 East Carolina
Sept. 26 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 3 Virginia
Oct. 10 Georgia Southern
Oct. 17 OPEN DATE
Oct. 22 Florida State
Oct. 29 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 7 Duke
Nov. 14 Miami
Nov. 21 at Boston College
Nov. 28 at NC State


Virginia Cavaliers

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 7-5

Non-Conference Schedule: William & Mary, TCU, at Southern Miss, Indiana
Games Against the Atlantic: at Maryland, Boston College, at Clemson
Summary: The Cavaliers have an interesting and somewhat challenging non-conference schedule. William & Mary won't be a true pushover to start the season, TCU is a nasty team to deal with, and the trip to Southern Miss won't exactly lighten things up. The ACC season couldn't start out tougher with a trip to North Carolina, while there's another road game at Maryland following the final non-conference date against Indiana. Having to go to Clemson and Miami aren't going to make November easy, especially with home games against Boston College and Virginia Tech. In other words, Virginia needs to get off to a hot start and has to have a strong record before hitting November.

Sept. 5 William & Mary
Sept. 12 TCU
Sept. 19 at Southern Miss
Sept. 26  OPEN DATE
Oct. 3 at North Carolina
Oct. 10 Indiana
Oct. 17 at Maryland
Oct. 24 Georgia Tech
Oct. 31 Duke
Nov. 7 at Miami
Nov. 14 Boston College
Nov. 21 at Clemson
Nov. 28 Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech Hokies

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: Alabama (in Atlanta), Marshall, Nebraska, at East Carolina
Games Against the Atlantic: Boston College, at Maryland, NC State
Summary: The defending ACC champions will know exactly where they stand in the college football pecking order after day one with a battle against Alabama in Atlanta. September games against Nebraska and Miami (along with Marshall) will make for an interesting start to the season. Getting a rematch of the last two ACC title games against Boston College will make for an interesting October, with games against Georgia Tech and North Carolina which will likely determine whether or not the Hokies will get to a third straight championship game. November eases up a bit, even with three road games in the final four weeks, with trips to East Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia wrapped around a home game against NC State.


Sept. 5 Alabama (Atlanta)
Sept. 12 Marshall
Sept. 19 Nebraska
Sept. 26 Miami
Oct. 3 at Duke
Oct. 10 Boston College
Oct. 17 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 24 OPEN DATE
Oct. 29 North Carolina
Nov. 5 at East Carolina
Nov. 14 at Maryland
Nov. 21 NC State
Nov. 28 at Virginia